A Gallup investigation revealed that as the United States approaches the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attack that killed nearly 3,000 people, many Americans said the incident is still affecting their lives.
The survey found that today, 26% of Americans “reluctant” to fly, 27% have the same feelings about entering a skyscraper, and 36% have the same feelings about traveling abroad. 37% of people are upset about participating in events that involve a large number of people.
After the attack, these figures were 43%, 35%, 48%, and 30%.
Low-income Americans over 50 and without a college degree are more likely to be reluctant to participate in these activities.
The investigation, conducted before the deadly attack on Kabul Airport on August 26, also found that Americans “are much less likely to say that the United States is winning the war on terrorism.”
Ten years ago, 42% of people said that the United States is winning, and now this percentage is 28%.
Gallup said: “Among all (political) party groups, the belief that the United States is winning the war is declining.”
Another survey found that Americans have “weakened confidence” in the government’s ability to protect citizens.
“Before the attack on U.S. forces at Kabul Airport on August 26, most Americans (59%) had very (18%) or a little (41%) belief that the U.S. government could protect their citizens from terrorism.” Gallup found . “This level of confidence is significantly lower than in 2011 (75%) and the days following the 9/11 terrorist attacks (88%).”
The survey also found that 36% of Americans “represent that they are very or somewhat worried about becoming victims of terrorism.” This number is the same as 10 years ago, but it is down from 51% shortly after 9/11.
The results of the poll were based on telephone interviews conducted from August 2 to 17 and randomly sampled 1,006 adults aged 18 and over who lived in all 50 states in the United States and the District of Columbia.